Whereas many warriors brave battle encased in suits of armor and wielding large and powerful weapons, swashbucklers rely on speed, agility, and panache. Swashbucklers dart in and out of the fray, wearing down opponents with lunges and feints, all while foiling the powerful attacks against them with a flick of the wrist and a flash of the blade. Their deft parries and fatal ripostes are carnage elevated to an art form. Some may be arrogant and devil-may-care, but behind this veneer lie people deeply dedicated to their craft. Those of smaller races are particularly driven to prove that the right mix of discipline and daring is the perfect counter to size and strength, and enjoy nothing more than taking down lumbering brutes and bullies.

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Suggested Archetypes

  • Daring Infiltrator- Not known for their flashy entrances or for standing out in a crowd, a daring infiltrator uses stealth, disguise, and ruthless guile to pursue her goals. Some of these swashbucklers work to undermine evil organizations, while others are master thieves or mysterious assassins.
  • Flying Blade- While most swashbucklers prefer their battles up close, others prefer dealing death from a distance.
  • Inspired Blade- An inspired blade is both a force of personality and a sage of swordplay dedicated to the perfection of combat with the rapier. They use the science and geometry with swordplay to beautiful and deadly effect.
  • Whirling Dervish- Some warriors have adapted dances into graceful martial forms, and their swashbuckling style is feared throughout the world its ability to devastate foes with a scimitar through motion and agility regardless of strength of arms.


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